John Arrowsmith was raised by a biker gang and thatís the
only life he has ever known, but now he finds himself with
the undeniable urge to get on Harley, his bike and head for
After all, John doesnít really know where he should be, but
he can sure feel the anxiety of knowing that he isnít where
he needs to be.
So with this feeling riding him, he gets on his bike and
heads out, only to end up in an accident that plunges John
Arrowsmith into a world that is as far from what he knows,
that for a time, John believes himself to be crazy.
However, as time passes John, in his typical equanimity,
accepts that he will have to make his way in a strange land
where he will have to make his way and build a life, as he
canít seem to figure out how he got there or how to get back
to his old life.
So in his determination to get to know this world John ends
up working at the local tavern as the entertainment, which
is well enough for a while. But as John starts getting the
itch to explore, a the mysterious and strange residents of
ďThe CabinĒ wander into town and request his help.
But Arrowsmithís help lands him spending the winter
surrounded by the other seven of The Cabinís strange and
bizarre residents Ė which to Arrowsmith seems to be a
distinct brand of punishment.
However, as time passes John learns not only to like,
but respect and understand all the other residents of The
Cabin, while also experiencing strange and disorienting
feelings of familiarity with the area and the collection of
misfits that live there.
Will John ever figure out why he was thrown into this
When I started reading
A Strange Place in Time: The Recalling of John Arrowsmith I was
a little intimidated by the whole biker aspect, as itís not
really a topic that usually draws my attention, but I have
to say that I was completely fascinated by this book and
itís cast of characters from start to finish.
John is a strange man, not only because he is very
large, but also due to his even temper and ability to mold
himself as the situation requires.
However, when he lands in a strange world, Johnís
true mettle is revealed and he proves himself to be an
admirable man, full of unexpected depths, knowledge and
entire fantasy angle of the story certainly caught me by
surprise and kept me glued to my seat and desperately
wanting more once the last page was turned.
Alyx Shaw did a masterful job of building a world
that is not only intriguing in and of itself, but that also
has a significant amount of lore to go along with it, making
this perplexing world John falls into tangibly real and
At times the book has a slow pace to accommodate the
rich detail and full development of all the characters and
the world which they inhabit that might discourage readers
used to short works with a quick resolution; however,
A Strange Place in Time: The
Recalling of John Arrowsmith is worth taking the
time to read as Ms. Shaw does an amazing job drawing the
reader in and making Johnís experiences so vivid that you
will forget that you are reading a book and not living
someone elseís life.
A Strange Place in
Time: The Recalling of John Arrowsmith the next time
you have a good break which youíd like to spend inhabiting a
new and strange world surrounded by characters that you
would like to be real!
I canít wait for the next installment in this
series, so I most definitely Joyfully Recommend
A Strange Place in Time: The
Recalling of John Arrowsmith to all lovers of m/m romance and especially to
readers that enjoy complex and compelling fantasy tales!